Friday, Aug. 3, 2018

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Friday, Aug. 3, 2018

6:45 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration Open
6:45 – 8:15 a.m. Free Breakfast: Exclusive benefit for those booked within the discounted NCRA room block at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans AND registered for a convention package or workshop.
7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Expo Hall Open
8:30 – 11 a.m. NCRA Premier Session: Installation of Officers and Keynote featuring Lt. General Russel L. Honoré  (0.2 CEU) - session is open to all those attendees who hold a registration badge for the Convention           
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Student Learning Zone:  Day 1

  • 7:15 - 8:15 a.m.:  Welcome and Orientation
  • 8:30 – 11 a.m.:  Premier Session - Installation of NCRA's Board of Directors and Keynote
  • 11 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.:  Lunch on your own
  • 1:30 – 3 p.m.:  Student Steno Speed Dating
  • 3:15 – 4:45 p.m.:  Meet and Greet with the NCRA Board of Directors (must have a complete student registration in order to participate)
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Coffee Break in Expo Hall            
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Learning Zones (0.1 CEU)

Building Strong Reporter-Scopist Relationships
Presenter: Brenda Rogers-Fiscus, CSR
There is more to finding the perfect scopist or proofreader than answering an email or Facebook ad. Learn, discuss, and share strategies and tips for building working relationships with edit support professionals.

Certification:  Everything You Wanted to Know and More
Presenter: Marybeth Everhart, RPR, CRI, CPE
Some states require certification to work; some don’t. Some colleagues have loads of certifications; and others don’t. In this session, Marybeth Everhart from Realtime Coach will lead a discussion about the various reasons why attaining, and maintaining, certifications are an important aspect of your professional life.

Ethics Jeopardy
Presenter: Jason T. Meadors, FAPR, RPR, CRR, CRC
What are the hot topics in ethics? What are your colleagues facing in the profession? Enjoy this fun session and learn everything you need to know to ensure you are working at the highest level of professionalism.

Legal Videography:  Deposition Audio - Teamwork Between the Court Reporter and Videographer
Presenter: Richard Hayden, CLVS
Explore the needs of the videographer and court reporter in today’s fast-paced deposition world and learn how the court reporter and videographer work as a team. Discussion will also cover file types, equipment considerations, and delivery of the audio file, synchronized video and transcripts, and what the videographer can provide the court reporter to enhance the quality of the record.   

12:15 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch on your own 
12:15 – 1:30 p.m. NCRF Angels Luncheon - by invitation only
12:15 – 5 p.m.
Certified Realtime Captioner (CRC) Workshop:  Day 2 (Day 1+2=1.2 CEU) - requires registration
Presenters:  Carol Studenmund, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC; and Heidi C. Thomas, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC
Prove you’re on the cutting edge. Join our presenters as they guide you on your journey to become a Certified Realtime Captioner. This two-day workshop will help you explore the growing number of opportunities available to realtime captioners. Day one offers a general overview of captioning, transitioning from legal reporting, and dictionary maintenance and briefs. Day two covers prepping for captioning, troubleshooting, professional standards, and reviewing various streaming platforms available to captioners.                           
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Learning Zones (0.1 CEU)

What Would You Do?
Presenter:  Phyllis Craver-Lykken, RPR
This session promises to be an enlightening discussion about the odd situations every court reporter and captioner has found themselves faced with at one time or another.  Audience participation will be key as participants will be asked to offer alternative professional routes that could have been taken in various situations.
Solo Dailies
Presenter:  Reagan Evans, RMR, CRR, CRC              
Learn more about the technical aspects of getting through extended, lengthy daily realtime trials as a solo reporter, including tips for equipment, set-up, phases of trial, transcript management, customer service, and maintaining your sanity!

The Future of Court Reporting
Presenters:  Kelly D. Linkowski, RPR, CRR, CRC, CPE; and Allison Hall, RMR, CRR
Only a court reporter can understand the journey a student takes through court reporting school.  Hear the latest strategies of how to effectively mentor students throughout their journey to success.  The presenters will also offer ideas on how to bridge the gap and fill in the disconnect between students and working reporters.
Legal Videography:  Market Yourself 
Presenter:  Richard Hayden, CLVS
Don’t miss this panel discussion on how to market your skills as a new or seasoned legal videographer. Learn how to get started, how to maintain clients, and how to acquire new ones. Discover new trends in the market as it relates to the law firms, including how to review your deliverables to ensure you are offering the best services possible, so that you can stand out from the rest. 
1:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Punctuation Workshop (0.4 CEU) - requires additional registration
Presenter:  Margie Wakeman Wells, CRI
You know the basics. Let's look at some more obscure constructions that come up.  Punctuating the spoken word offers some real dilemmas.  We will spend our time looking at these constructions, especially the convoluted clauses that seem to abound. You will leave with tools that will help you be the best you can be at punctuation!
2:45 - 4:15 p.m.

Learning Zones (0.15 CEU)

Innocence Project New Orleans: Freeing the Wrongfully Convicted and the Importance of Old Records
Presenter: Richard Davis - Deputy Director, Innocence Project New Orleans
(IPNO) is a nonprofit law office working cases from start to finish, supported by investigators, paralegals, and a constellation of volunteer assistance with a national reputation for winning exonerations. Since 2001, IPNO has won the freedom or exoneration for 30 wrongfully convicted prisoners in Louisiana and Mississippi prisons. Join us for this informative and interesting session.

Realtime Coach - Vendor Showcase Seminar
Presenter:  Marybeth Everhart, RPR, CRI, CPE

Speed, accuracy, and freedom -- that’s Realtime Coach!  See the new four-month SmartPrep membership and how to ACE your next skills test. Find out why Realtime Coach is still the industry favorite, with over 3,000,000 hours logged!  Are you a teacher?  The future is NOW with StenEd G4 Theory, now fully customizable on the RTC platform!

Beyond Your Career to Your Profession
Presenters:  Danielle C. Griffin, RPR; Rachel N. Barkume CSR, RPR; Andrea Couch, CSR, RDR, CRR, CRC; and Shelley Duhon, RPR; Jordan Groves
A court reporting career is great, but think about it as more than just a career. Expand your thinking to embrace your profession—a long-standing and proud one, at that. Every profession relies on its members to continue, grow, and to thrive. This session will help to get you to think about getting involved. As a student, you’re probably struggling to finish school, and as a new professional, you’re probably grabbling to start your career. That’s why this is the perfect time to start thinking about your profession and not just your career.

Legal Videography: Adding PIP to your video deposition
Presenters:  Melinda Sindiong, CLVS; and Jeff Sindiong.
This session is for the videographer who wants to add PIP (picture in picture) to their list of deposition video services. The presenters will teach attendees what this service entails, and why attorneys are requesting these services to help them win their cases.  Also covered in this session will be the kind of equipment and options needed for set-up, a review how a system is put together and hands-on training that will equip you with the tools necessary to add this service to your repertoire. 

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Learning Zones (0.1 CEU) 

First Impressions Are Everything
Presenter:   Talia Markham Will, CCR           
In today's world, you have six seconds to make your best first impression, and sadly, that impression will be based solely on what your outward appearance says about you. Come learn how to flatter your shape, hide your flaws, and turn frumpy into fabulous, all without breaking the bank.

Test Taking Tips and Test Anxiety Strategies
Presenter:  J. Edward Varallo, FAPR, RMR, CRR          
Do the words "Ready. Go" make your nerves unravel?  Learn valuable tips and tricks from seasoned professionals that will help you overcome test anxiety. 

Convention Captioning: AV, Interpreters, and You
Presenters:  Alan Peacock, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC; and Rita Jo Scarcella             
From the basics of providing captioning in the convention setting to how to set-up in unusual settings for onsite CART. This session will teach everyone from the beginner to the experienced captioner how to market themselves, find relevant work in this arena, and offer demonstrations of how to set up equipment for various scenarios, how to connect to audio sources, logistics, and troubleshooting.

Vendor Showcase:  Expedite
Presenter:  Eve J. Barrett, RPR
Position for the next market shift: In this innovative class, the Expedite Team will share with you how this revolutionary app will mobilize legal support services, empower providers, and help us reclaim our profession.  

5:15 – 6:15 p.m. Certified Realtime Captioner (CRC) exam - requires registration

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